The most attractive offer: Do less, then obsess

The most attractive offer: Do less, then obsess

Work ethic will get you only so far on your pursuit to a fit life.  If you rely solely on it, the mental gremlins whisper:

Are you burning enough calories?
Did you really push yourself hard enough?
Shouldn’t you do more?

The sense of not being enough or measuring up to everyone else’s expectations leads us to question our own self-worth:

  • Am I enough?


Getting wrapped up chasing society’s definition of “fit” is an endless pursuit of perfectionism.  And your only reward, the new status symbol you’ll gain, is simply exhaustion. This article does a nice job helping you understand that pummeling yourself for hours on end need not be the answer.


(Chronic cardio) training and dieting raises cortisol levels, increases oxidative damage, systemic inflammation, depresses the immune system and decreases fat metabolism. About the only thing good it does is improve cardiac muscle strength – and even then you get too the point of diminishing returns fairly quickly.
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So what can you do today to take the best steps to ensure you’re not wasting your time and training as efficiently as possible? You have two choices:

  1. Do more, then stress.
  2. Do less, then obsess.


Do less, then obsess means that you…

  • Pick a tiny set of priorities: Sleep. Food. Move ( in that order for success)
  • Make huge efforts in those chosen areas.


Relatively brief periods of high-intensity interval training, which makes allowances for busy professionals and stressed family schedules, can help keep us young at heart. If anti-aging, longevity, fat loss and robust excellent health are your primary goals, high-levels of cardio training isn’t the best way to achieve them.

Brent Gallagher

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